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the following are documented in v8 tech reference as additional steps
taken to stiffen up the v8:
- strut tower brace
- dash brace (this is a huge slab of aluminum that sits beneath the
dash running across the A pillars. you'll have to see the diagrams
to believe it!
- underbody brace (runs below the car right at the B pillars)
- many, many additional spot welds. (obviously not retrofittable)
i'll try and look it up and see just how many exactly.
- may be more that i've forgotten about...
i thought that the 200Q20V had many of these measures but i took
a very close look at linus' car when it was parked side by side
and it appears that they are not part of the 200Q20V.
True, but I understand (from posts from other V8 owners)
that there are structural differences between the two cars
that might explain my impression.
That brings up the obvious question : are the differences
retrofittable to the 200Q? The strut-tower brace should
be fairly straightforward, one would think.
I consider myself relatively unsophisticated in suspension-
related matters, but the V8 felt noticeably better even
to me. I drove my 200 to work this morning, and confirmed